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Kasper Schmeichel breaks hand in Champions League draw with FC Copenhagen

Spectacular shot-stopper to miss at least a month

Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Anyone out there feel like they were enjoying their week too much? Have I got the news you needed to hear. For everyone else, just holding on until Saturday, sorry, you might want to look away.

So, that sucks a lot. There’s not many keepers anywhere in the world in the kind of form Kasper is in. He single handedly earned us four points in games against Copenhagen alone, with his late, heroic saves.

This is very unfortunate news for Leicester City, but it could actually be a lot worse.

For one thing, we signed a very good backup keeper. Zieler isn’t a glorified coach like Mark Schwarzer was, he’s a good player who played nearly every game for a Bundesliga team for the last five years.

Germany - Training Session
Zieler has more caps for world champions Germany than your average backup keeper
Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

The timing as well could have been a lot worse. In the last month, Kasper has won us incredibly valuable points with his play through a very tough run of games. In the next month, we face West Brom, Watford, Brugge, Middlesborough and Sunderland.

They’ll tell you there are no easy games in the Premier League or Champions League. They’ve clearly never watched Brugge or Sunderland. That’s as easy a run as you can ask for, and one where we shouldn’t be relying on our goalkeeper. If we are, it wouldn’t matter who’s in goal because the rest aren’t good enough.

The only worry is whether or not he’ll be back in time for the trip to Porto on 7th December. Of course, if results go our way in the next round of games, we might have already won the group by then.

Possibly more important than any of that is this: Kasper Schmeichel broke his right hand, in the first half.

Right hand. First half.

Broken right hand. Second half.

Kasper Schmeichel is a marvel and we’re lucky to share his earth, basically.